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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

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Flynn sends Barrow AFC on way to win

BARROW AFC made it two wins out of two in pre-season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Cumbrian rivals Workington at Holker Street last night.

The Bluebirds will take the result into the second leg of the Chas Kendall (Coral) Trophy, to be played at Borough Park later this month.

AFC manager Dave Bayliss used 21 players, running the rule over 12 triallists, including midfielder Alex-Ray Harvey, Holker Old Boys winger Dave Swarbrick and former Wrexham striker Obi Anoruo.

The other nine triallists were unnamed on the official team-sheet, with Bayliss attempting to keep their identities under wraps and off the radar of rival clubs.

Others rumoured to have played for Barrow last night were first-half central defenders Sean Hessey – a 33-year-old experienced former Accrington man – and Charlie Clough – a 21-year-old ex-Bristol Rovers player.

Barrow survived an early scare when, after Danny Hurst saved an acrobatic effort from Workington captain David Hewson, triallist Zach Clark, who has scored goals for fun in Ambleside United colours, smashed the rebound against the crossbar.

The Bluebirds then began to dominate and took the lead on 10 minutes when the visitors failed to clear a corner and new Barrow right-back Matt Flynn crashed the ball left-footed in off the underside of the crossbar from 10 yards out.

With midfielder Richie Baker influencing play from an advanced role in behind lone striker Adam Boyes, and the energetic Flynn bombing forward, the hosts continued to dictate proceedings.

On 17 minutes, Baker and Paul Rutherford combined to set up Barrow's mystery triallist winger wearing number 11, rumoured to be former Lincoln City man Danny Lloyd, but his close-range shot was well saved by Aaran Taylor.

The same player missed two further good chances before the game reached the half-hour mark.

Workington – who fielded triallists Niall Cowperthwaite, the son of Barrow AFC’s record goalscorer Colin, at right-back and Crooklands Casuals winger Chris Wraighte – grew into the match and Clark looked set to equalise until a superb last-ditch sliding tackle by Flynn.

Shortly after, Reds winger Jake Simpson fizzed in a long-range shot which Hurst turned away to safety.

Both Bayliss and Workington manager Darren Edmondson rung the changes at half-time and fielded almost entirely different teams in the second-half, with the visitors even donning a change of kit.

The Bluebirds came out of the traps strongly and scored a second goal just three minutes after the restart when an impressive central midfield triallist wearing number 18, believed to be ex-Morecambe man Garry Hunter, fired a stunning 30-yard half-volley into the top corner.

Barrow further extended their lead on 52 minutes when a triallist attacker, said to be Burnley starlet Medhi Lazaar, finished neatly from close range.

Some late tackles from players on both sides followed as things got tetchy, with the referee eventually losing patience and showing a yellow card to a Workington player, believed to be Phil Storey, in the closing stages.

Further chances were at a premium in the second half, though Ryan Hall went close for the Reds.

Barrow's triallist number 11, thought to be Lloyd, played the full 90 minutes, while the lively Anorou made his presence felt in the second half.

Barrow: Danny Hurst, Matt Flynn, Gavin Skelton, Triallist, Triallist, Alex-Ray Harvey, Paul Rutherford, Richie Baker, James Owen, Adam Boyes, Triallist.

Subs: Shaun Pearson, Mike Pearson, Dave Swarbrick, Obi Anoruo, six triallists.

Workington: Aaran Taylor, Niall Cowperthwaite, Gari Rowntree, Lee Andrews, Dan Wordsworth, Mark Boyd, Jake Simpson, David Hewson, Zach Clark, Callum Hussan, Chris Wraighte.

Subs: Stu Dixon, Kyle May, Jonny Wright, Anthony Wright, Mark Sloan, David Renyard, Phil Storey, Ryan Hall, Jake Smith, Sam Smith, Stefan Scott.

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